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I can not believe some of the rude and obnoxious comments on here. How would some of you feel if this man was someone YOU knew or a member of YOUR family? Dean and his family have been neighbors of ours for many many years. He lived in Marco Island for a while before returning to CT to help care for his elderly parents. It is truly a tragedy that such a decent, kind man died like this. Can some of you that are residents shed some light on this to help us understand what happened? Is this a lake that is open for swimming or not? Someone referenced thick mud, but are there other factors in the lake that would cause him to be trapped or injured (wildlife, currents, weeds, etc.)? If the park was so crowded, how come only one teenager went in to help? Having lived in FL for a while myself and having been a lifeguard in FL, why did it take 35 minutes to locate and pull him out of the water? If the rescue squad was only a few minutes away, what happened? Were they unable to find him? Finally, I saw the guy in the video who went into the water to help and I am grateful to him for his efforts. If anyone has an address for him or a way to get in touch with him, please let me know. I would like to actually send him a card myself to say THANK YOU for caring enough about a total stranger that you put your own life on the line to TRY to save him. We need more people like him in this world!
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